Keeping your house tidy might feel like an unconquerable task. Along with all your other responsibilities, cleaning and organizing tend to fall down to the bottom of the list of priorities.
But waking up or coming home to a tidy house is so much more comforting and relaxing than living in a disorganized mess. What’s more, keeping a house clean doesn’t have to be time or labor-intensive.
By creating clear goals and performing small tasks throughout the day, you can make strides toward a more organized home.
If having a tidy home is one of your goals, these tips are the first step you should take to improve and develop your cleaning habits.
Building your organizing skills starts with small tasks that you can do every day. They don’t take a lot of time, and they help your house look a little bit tidier.
Making Your Bed
You’ve probably heard before that making your bed is one of the best things you can do when trying to create a cleaner bedroom. It’s a popular habit because it works.
When you make your bed as soon as you get out of it in the morning, or right after you shower or get dressed, you set the stage for a cleaner-looking room.
It starts your day off on the right foot and ends your day by snuggling up in a neatly-made bed.
A Load of Laundry
If you only do your laundry every couple of weeks, or only once a month, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Doing multiple loads of laundry in a day is a big task.
Break up the volume of this chore by doing one load at a time. You may not need to do laundry every day, but if you throw one load in every few days, you make the task a little less daunting.
Plus, then you don’t have to stare at the piles of laundry collecting in your bedroom or laundry room.
Now, if you’re wondering when you’re going to find the time to fold all the loads of laundry you’re washing, the nightly clean-up is here to help.
Before you get ready to go to bed, do a 15-minute clean up around the house. This could be washing dishes, picking up clutter, or folding your daily load of laundry.
Or, you can focus this organizing time on a specific task you want to get done. Something like cleaning your utensil drawer and reorganizing it can help you feel accomplished at the end of your day.
It’s a small interval of time that you can devote to tidying every day, and it will make a huge difference.
Sometimes the list of cleaning tasks can feel like a mile long. When starting to build your tidying practice, be wary of putting too much on your plate each day.
Prioritizing which projects are more urgent and which can be done later is key to maintaining your motivation to clean and organize something small each day.
Depending on the size of the task, select two or three cleaning projects to be completed that day. You can focus on those goals and worry about the rest another day.
This helps to manage your expectations for how much you can feasibly get done in a given day.
Accessible Cleaning Supplies
Certain larger tasks like vacuuming or deep-cleaning your bathroom can take a lot of motivation to commit to. You can make it a little easier by keeping the appropriate cleaning supplies close to the location you need them in.
For example, you can keep a towel, a cleaning spray, and a toilet brush in your bathroom. When it’s time to clean it, or if the sink needs a quick wipe-down, the supplies you need are easily accessible.
Get the Family Involved
Don’t be afraid to get your kids and your partner involved in the cleaning process. Create a list of chores that your kids can check off throughout the day or the week.
Once they get into a routine, doing their chores becomes normal, and maybe even fun. If they need a little more encouragement, you can give them an allowance or reward when they complete their chores every week.
If you live in a larger house or you work a full-time job in addition to taking care of your kids, making time to deep-clean the house may not be an option.
For the more intensive cleaning projects, you can always hire someone to help you. Cleaning services can help take the weight off your shoulders when it comes to living in a tidy home.
Every Item Has a Home
When picking up clutter and stray items, it’s important that everyone in your family learns where every item belongs in the house. Shoes, electronics, magazines, and mail should all have designated homes.
Work with your kids to help them decide where the homes are for each of their toys (even if they’re all in different places). Then, encourage them to commit to returning their toys to their homes every time they play with them.
These habits may take some practice, especially with younger kids, but once they become routine, it’ll be a great way to organize your house as you go about your day.
Keeping a House Clean
Learning how to clean your home is a challenge in itself. But with small steps, you can create new habits and routines for your family and yourself. It really is a long-term effort because there is always a mess to be made.
Keeping a house clean requires patience and persistence, but it doesn’t have to deplete all your energy every day. With practice, you’ll be living in an organized home in no time.
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